Update from Kitui, Kenya.
7 April 2020
January 2020 saw four students returning to Mulango Training Institute to complete their final year in Skills Training. Two are studying Masonry and two others Electrical Wiring. Two new girls also joined to undertake a one-year course in Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy. The new students settled in very well and the second years were very helpful in mentoring them. The teacher’s reports for all students was very positive and encouraging and the students were delighted with their progress.
February brought a very new experience for both the students and their parents. Two Claremorris artists, Norah Brennan and Anna Dixon came all the way to Kitui to do a two-week Art and Crafts workshop. They brought with them lots of art materials donated by fellow artists from Claremorris which were so much appreciated by all of us. It was a wonderful two weeks experienced by everyone and the work produced was simply amazing. Experiences were described as “I’m not afraid to try new things and draw from my mind”; “I’m really delighted with my drawings”; “It really bonded our group together”; “It helped to increase my self-confidence”. Both the students and the parents have set up their separate Art Clubs so that they can continue their art and the PROTECT staff will assist them with their efforts.
Unfortunately, the COVID19 virus hit Kenya and it has changed the lives of our students, post-trained youths and parents together with the whole community. All schools, training institutions and colleges were closed on 23 March. Our students are now at home and are continuing with their studies at home. The PROTECT staff are making tremendous efforts to assist them with their studies and are continuously encouraging them to abide by the restrictions imposed by the Government.
The post-trained youths are finding life difficult right now being without work and not being able to earn money but thankfully they feel good about the fact that they have saved some money to help them to get by. Those who are away from home are missing their families and friends and recent regulations prohibits people moving in or out of Nairobi city and some of the counties. The PROTECT staff are there continuously encouraging and supporting them.
The Kenyan Government and the authorities both in the town of Kitui and in the rural areas are very serious about seeing that all people are compliant. Let us hope that the crisis soon comes to an end and that the lives of people, including our wonderful students, gets back to normal.
Unfortunately, due to restrictions here at home The Good Friday Walk has been cancelled. We will miss your presence, involvement and donations, however, it is possible for you make your contribution in assisting the underprivileged children that we support through providing educational opportunities for them and giving them the chance of having a dignified life out of the poverty trap. You can make your donation through iDonate on this website and every donation no matter how small will be very much appreciated and spent wisely by us on the children we support.
This Easter will be a different kind of one for people and it is our wish that everyone will be safe and care for each other as best as possible, even at a distance. Happy Easter.